So, hair rollers are back?! Just when we thought we’d left them behind in our mum’s bedroom, and you know, the ‘90s, they’ve become just as big as the bouncy blowouts that are dominating our social feeds, again. In fact #hairrollers has picked up over 120 million views on TikTok with tutorials showing fellow noobs (we feel ya) how it’s done. Sure, they’re not as high tech as straighteners and tongs, but hair rollers give incredible root lift and an unrivalled bounciness, with far less heat damage and at a fraction of the cost.
One user, @hannahjewelkohn told followers “the secret to a perfect blowout look?… Hair rollers to lock in the curls before they cool down.” Given she’s sporting a next-level voluminous blow-dry, we’ll take her at her word.
Meanwhile TikTok’s hair roller queen @aquiredstyle has been busy dropping tips to her followers. “I always wait for my hair to be at least 80% dry and then I go piece by piece. Blow dry with a flip and then you put the roller in. BUT this is where the most important part comes in. You need to make sure your rolling it so that the bottom of the hair fully is sticking to the velcro like this. I literally roll, then pull. And then once you get half way, just roll it up and clip it in.”
As for how long to leave them in “I always say at least 10 minutes, but sometimes, I end up leaving them in for an hour. It really just depends on your preference,” she says.
For a little extra help, we asked top hair stylist and L’Oreal Professionnel’s UK Editorial Ambassador, Adam Reed, for his advice on how to use hair rollers to their full potential and keep them looking modern, cool and casual enough for everyday.
First things first, how should we prep?
“I recommend washing the hair and, while still damp, prepping it with L’Oréal Professionnel TECNI.ART Pli. Pli was originally designed for volumising and wet setting so this product couldn’t be more perfect. If you are looking for a super volumised look then absolutely add a mousse [try Kevin Murphy Body Builder Volumising Mousse], alternatively, if you’re looking for something a little more modern and wearable, your best is to use something with less hold and a bit more texture like TECNI.ART Rebel Push Up – it’s about choosing the right product for the look you are trying to achieve,” says Adam.
Which hair rollers should we go for?
“I use flocked rollers from Banbury Postiche [which offer grip without snagging, so are gentle on hair]. Or you can get velcro rollers from Boots, which can be just as good depending on what look you want to achieve. For wet set, it’s best to use hard rollers (like the ones from Banbury Postiche) and if you want a look that’s a little softer and flowy with more volume, then a softer roller (like a velcro roller) is ideal for this,” says Adam. As with hair tongs, the width of your rollers will help to determine how tight or loose the waves are, as well as how much volume you’ll get. Big rollers mean more volume, but they’re best for long hair. On short or mid length hair, try using medium or smaller rollers to see more of an effect. “My tip is, the smaller the roller the more curl you’ll get, the bigger the roller, the more volume you’ll get,” says celebrity hair stylist Chris Appleton, who’s responsible for JLo’s bounce blow dry.
Is there an order or pattern we should follow when putting them in our hair?
“Spray each section of the hair with your styling spray and then wrap the hair around the roller while ever so slightly damp. What is absolutely key, is you dry the hair 100% before removing the roller, otherwise it will simply flop – think about building a house on wet cement – it doesn’t work,” Adam says. “Make sure you are placing the rollers in your hair in the pattern you want, exactly like a blow-dry and think about where your parting sits. It is hard once set to change the direction of the hair.” As a general rule, it’s best to start with your fringe first, before tackling the central sections behind it. Then work outwards from your crown. But play around and work out what works best for you.